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The Crown & Anchor

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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

150 W Franklin St
Monterey, California, 93940-2708
United States

(831) 649-6496 | map

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Cubro
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of deereless
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of reconninja
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Offa
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This is a good "English" pub in downtown Monterey. It has a somewhat over-the-top English pub decor inside, but it's nice and fun, with a lot to look at and a definite English feel to the bar.

The beer quality overall is very good, with some excellent British beers that are not all that common to find on tap like Belhaven and Fuller's London Porter, plus other British beers and a good selection of American micro-brews, etc.

Food is good, but not great, English pub food with other standard American pub fare and the like. Everything we have had is enjoyable and good, bot nothing is really great. It's certainly worth a visit but unfortunately lacks any of the local micro-brews.

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Photo of ocmpoma
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The Crown and Anchor is located a half-block off of the main drag in downtown Monterey, Alvarado St. It's in the basement, but very easy to spot thanks to the beefeater they have out on the sidewalk by the door. The interior of the bar is done up in nautical style, with black panelling and lots of nautical paraphernalia. Most of the food dishes are named after British ships.

In all, the Crown's beer selection is pretty standard; they've got Guinness and Boddingtons and Newcastle, as well as Sierra Nevada Pale, usually, with a few others. Nothing outstanding in the way of craft brews or hard-to-find beers. But the pub is a cosy spot, and is usually pretty quiet and laid back, except on weekends, when it can be much more lively.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is kind of buried below street level in an area with a lot of restaurants, shops, and coffeehouses. Outside the pub is a large painted wooden 'British' figure with a small daily-specials chalkboard in the doorway.

Upon entering the pub, the amount and density of knickknacks hanging from the walls, ceiling, and any other available space. The whole space isn't big, but there is plenty of seating at tables and at the three-sided wrap-around bar. Most of the beers on tap are english-ale imports with some Tadcaster bottles and some macrobrew bottles. The selection is quite good and the other patrons seem to be making choices across the tap selection.

I only had some chowder to eat here, but I was impressed by its quality (for what that's worth). In general, this seems like a pretty good place for a good english-ale selection.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is located about 2 blocks away from the pier, in the downtown area. Parking can be a little tricky, but there is a parking garage a few blocks away. Inside, it is dark, with a lot of nautical decorations. There is a bar, and a good amount of table seating.

The service was a little slow. Other than my group, there were only two groups present, but we had to wait for quite a while for our drinks. The food came out quickly, but the drinks took quite a whils. Our waitress was friendly, and didnt mess up our order though. She didnt have much knowledge on beers, but that was alright since I knew all the beers on tap.

There are about 20 taps, give or take a few. Some domestic micros, and some imports. I had a Samual Smiths Oatmeal Stout on nitro. I have never had it on nitro tap before. It was great.

The food selection was good. They have your typical English pub fare. Bangers, sheaperds pie and what have you. The bangers were great. They also had fried artichoke hearts. I love them and get them when ever I see them. I was not let down with the food.

I would say that the prices were reasonable. I am a little unfamiliar with the area, but I dont have any complaints with the price.

Overall: If I am ever in the area again, I would probably stop by for some artichoke hearts and a pint. This place is good and worth the time.

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Photo of Mark
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very nice and authentic feeling British style pub and restaurant in downtown Monterey Ca. The place is darkish with lots of wood panelling and heavily nautical in it's decor. 20 beers on tap ranging from Fullers to American micro's. The bar is adorned with bar towels from English brewers, some royalty related pictures and posters compliment the aforementioned nautical theme. Young's oatmeal stout was on tap the first time I went. These of course are the kegged and not cask versions but they taste pretty darn good. Food is excellent, the bangers and mash did not disappoint and portions are generous. Very full menu, diverse, good dessert choices as well. Nice place for the beer lover.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Crown and Anchor is located in down town Monterey amongst the shops, restaurants and movie theatres. On the street in front of the Crown & Anchor one is greeted by a plywood English Imperial Guard. Taking the stairs down to the C&A the first sight is a model of the HMS Victory under glass.

This pub's style is very maritime with significant attention toward British history. Black painted walls with carvings and a dark wooden bar. Plenty of historical documents of the old sailing seafaring days along the walls. Rope(lines) are attached to the wooden mast like colums and ships lanterns hang from the ceiling. Even though this is not a small establishment it has a real snug and friendly feel to it.

This place is made up of a good sized bar area, a dining room and a very nice outdoor patio. The patio is decent sized and has heat lamps for the chilly nights.

The service was good. No complaints.

The beer selection is good. Mostly imports. Fuller's is very popular here. They have the ESB and the IPA on tap. Of course there is Guinness, Bass, Boddington's and Harp. A couple of Scottish ales. A couple of German beers. Paulaner and Spatan. As far as craft beers they had the Fat Tire, Deschutes porter, Redhook and a couple of others. A selection worth investigating, but it rotates quite often and it could vary in quality from trip to trip.

They have a full bar and boast a large selection of single malt scotch. We did not try the food but the menu is quite large and has a number of seafood dishes on it.

A real good place to have a pint.

Note: Upon visiting in December 2004 they had Fuller's Porter and Sierra Nevada IPA on tap. The porter was sublime. A real treat.

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The Crown & Anchor in Monterey, CA
Place rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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